Notions: Pretty Lace Edge

To achieve this pretty Lace edge detailing- ideal for Slips, Pyjamas, Lingerie or Skirts- first decide upon the Lace & measure the garment to ascertain the length needed. There are some beautiful, & colourful, Lace edgings out there & it doesn’t have to cost the earth. Next, fold the wrong side of the material over to the right side, to …

Notions: Fabulous Rouleau Loops

I have been obsessing about Rouleau Loops ever since they were challenged with them on The Great British Sewing Bee! I’ve never used a Loop Turner however; preferring to use needle & thread. This is simply because this is how I was taught to make the small, narrow & neat fabric loops, & not for any other reason. Always up …

Notions: Final Touches for the Simple Skirt

Only a few steps left before the Simple A-Line Skirt is complete! Thank you for staying with me this far… Having cut your Pattern here, started to stitch up & insert the Zip here, & starting to finish the Skirt here; you will undoubtedly be eager to add your buttons & hem so as to proudly show off your wonderful new …

Notions: How to Pin

From McCall’s Sewing in Colour When sewing a seam in garment construction, first match all notches or tailors tacks then pin at a right angle to the seam as illustrated above. This will mean that when sewing, the machine will stitch straight over the pins. This is an especially neat trick when sewing more complicated, or curved seams as the pins will …

Notions: Clipping a Curved Seam

From McCall’s Sewing in Colour When sewing a curved seam, such as an armhole, or neckline, it is important to grade and clip the seam. Curved seams ‘bunch’ after they have been sewn, & even ironing doesn’t help to make them lie properly. This is because the seam needs to be  clipped to allow the fabric to expand or contract as …

Notions: Measuring the Grain

From McCall’s sewing in Colour. When placing a pattern piece on to the fabric in preparation for cutting it is obviously incredibly important to make sure it is cut out in the correct Grain. Straight Grain isn’t stretchy, & Cross Grain or Bias Cut is. This means that unless the pattern has been designed to be cut on the Bias, …

Notions: Grading a Seam

  From McCall’s Sewing in Colour Often when working with commercial patterns they will ask for a seam to be ‘graded’. This term refers to a process which makes the seam thinner, or lighter & reduces the bulk of a garment. It is actually something which will help any Hand Made garment look more professionally finished & make the finished, …